How to Choose a Course?

Many of us believe that upgrading our skills can aid in job searching, yet it can be intimidating to choose from the overwhelming number of available courses. When choosing a course, it may be helpful to consider:

  • Is it the right time?
  • Which course is suitable for me?
  • Does it further my job prospects?

Here are 4 steps to help you choose the right course:


Know Yourself

  • Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses
  • Find out skills you may lack in your current / desired role
  • List keywords of the skills you are keen to acquire (e.g. “innovation”, “data analytics”, “beginner French”)
  • Discover your learning style to narrow down your course options


Assess your Current Needs

  • Understand what stage you are at in your career
  • Consider your reasons for taking a course. Are you looking to acquire a new skill for your career? Improve and deepen on an existing set of skills? Or purely for leisure and interests?
  • Narrow down your options based on the above reasons

Consult your Friends or a Career Coach

  • Your close friends or mentors could point out blind spots in your career advancement
  • Your previous/current colleagues could help you to identify areas of growth in the workplace

Research on Different Training Providers

  • Search for available courses under
  • Be aware of the:
    1. Reputation of the training provider. Ensure that it is from a trustworthy school or training provider and find out feedback from other trainees
    2. Mode of delivery. Whether it is online, blended learning or classroom-based
    3. Frequency and duration of lessons. Check if you can commit to the required duration
    4. Cost of the course

Do not take a course just because it is popular, or because your friends are taking it. As skills upgrading can be expensive and time-consuming, it is important to be clear about why you are signing up for a course.